2011 Cadillac DTS

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Cadillac DTS. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    19 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    275-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance potential
  • Interior space
  • High-end luxury features

The Bad

  • Poor turning radius

Notable Features of the 2011 Cadillac DTS

  • Optional blind spot warning system
  • Standard V-8 engine
  • Seats five or six
  • Available heated and cooled seats
  • Available extended-length DTS-L

2011 Cadillac DTS Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The DTS, formerly the DeVille, is a front-wheel-drive alternative in Cadillac's luxury sedan lineup. It competes with the Lincoln MKS, Volvo S80 and Chrysler 300C. The DTS can seat five or six.

New for 2011

The 2011 DTS gets free scheduled oil changes, tire rotations, replacement of engine and cabin air filters, and multipoint vehicle inspection for four years or 50,000 miles through Cadillac's Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance program. Otherwise, there are no significant changes.


Exterior
The DTS' styling is linear and straightforward. It's 207.6 inches long (the roomier DTS-L is 215.6 inches long) making it larger and longer than the MKS, S80 and 300C. The model's styling is similar to Cadillac's STS sedan. Exterior features include:

  • Eggcrate grille
  • Central wreath-and-crest badging and fresh front-end sheet metal
  • Standard xenon headlights
  • Vanilla Latte and Tuscan Bronze ChromaFlair exterior colors
  • 17-inch wheels standard
  • Available 18-inch wheels and sunroof

Interior
The DTS can hold five or six occupants, with a choice of front bucket seats or a front bench. Interior features include:

  • Burl wood trim available
  • XM Satellite Radio, NavTraffic and OnStar available
  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control (three-zone system with a zone for rear passengers is optional)
  • Optional heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and heated steering wheel
  • Standard remote start system
  • Optional power folding mirrors, rain-sensing wip...
Vehicle Overview

The DTS, formerly the DeVille, is a front-wheel-drive alternative in Cadillac's luxury sedan lineup. It competes with the Lincoln MKS, Volvo S80 and Chrysler 300C. The DTS can seat five or six.

New for 2011

The 2011 DTS gets free scheduled oil changes, tire rotations, replacement of engine and cabin air filters, and multipoint vehicle inspection for four years or 50,000 miles through Cadillac's Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance program. Otherwise, there are no significant changes.


Exterior
The DTS' styling is linear and straightforward. It's 207.6 inches long (the roomier DTS-L is 215.6 inches long) making it larger and longer than the MKS, S80 and 300C. The model's styling is similar to Cadillac's STS sedan. Exterior features include:

  • Eggcrate grille
  • Central wreath-and-crest badging and fresh front-end sheet metal
  • Standard xenon headlights
  • Vanilla Latte and Tuscan Bronze ChromaFlair exterior colors
  • 17-inch wheels standard
  • Available 18-inch wheels and sunroof

Interior
The DTS can hold five or six occupants, with a choice of front bucket seats or a front bench. Interior features include:

  • Burl wood trim available
  • XM Satellite Radio, NavTraffic and OnStar available
  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control (three-zone system with a zone for rear passengers is optional)
  • Optional heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and heated steering wheel
  • Standard remote start system
  • Optional power folding mirrors, rain-sensing wipers and heated windshield-washer fluid

Under the Hood
The DTS is available with a choice of Northstar 4.6-liter V-8 engines, both mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:

  • Base V-8 produces 275 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque
  • Optional quicker-revving version makes 292 hp and 288 pounds-feet of torque
  • Optional Magnetic Ride Control


Safety
Safety features include:

  • Optional lane departure warning system uses a camera between the rearview mirror and windshield to warn drivers when they've strayed from their lane
  • Optional blind spot warning system senses when objects are in the driver's blind spot
  • Six standard airbags: side-impact, side curtain and dual front
  • Standard all-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system with brake assist
  • Standard traction control




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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

very nice car great deal

by coolness from cedar rapids ia on October 16, 2018

best car I have owned well worth the trip great salesman car was cleaned and ready to go when I got there no problems at all A PLUS Read full review

(4.0)

It is okay

by Jean from Houston, TX on June 23, 2018

For me this is reliable cars that I ever had, I am so happy that I own a car like this. This is so amazing really! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Cadillac DTS currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Cadillac DTS has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

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Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper (2012-2017 models)

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles (2012-2017 models)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The DTS received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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